Caring for your human hair wig
Prepare to be surprised the first time you care for your human hair wig.
It’s not a completely foreign concept, but there’s something about the process that’s a little less than intuitive about it.
One of the best parts of having a human hair wig is that you can continue to use all of the same hair products you always have. If you have a shampoo you’ve used for years that’s a part of your signature scent, use it! If you have a favorite styling spray — you can keep that in your arsenal as well.
Beyond the wig itself the only thing you should consider investing in is a canvas stand to aid in blow drying and styling.
Wash: Start with a shallow sink or bowl of cool water. Keeping the water on the chillier side will help combat frizz. Begin washing your wig as you would a fine garment, with extra care to not scrub or wring. Just a few dips and a little lather should do the trick. The wig hair should feel extra-healthy and smooth. If you generally use both shampoo and condition, continue that process. To prevent irritation, just be cautious to not leave any residual soap in the cap netting. In case you’re curious, human hair wigs can take a LONG time to dry. If possible wash your wig hours or even a day before you intend to wear it.
Blow-dry: For long styles let your wig air-dry for an hour or two before bringing in styling tools. Blow-drying is easiest when you gently pin your wig to a canvas or styrofoam head using pixie or sewing pins. Once it’s secured, clip the top half up and dry the bottom, until it feels completely dry. If you’re brush seems to get tangled, consider using something smaller with limited padding. Continue process until you reach the crown. Once your hair feels dry, remove the wig from its stand and shoot the inside of the cap with a few minutes of warm air. Let it reset for 15-20 minutes.
Style: There’s two options when it comes to using heated tools. Either you can style your wig on the canvas stand, or if you’re brave you can do it while wearing it. Whatever feels more comfortable to you, be sure to use a heat protecting spray. Unlike your real hair, your wig won’t be growing back if you scorch it by using the flat iron to much. Be gentle and don’t over do it! Set your wig with any hair sprays that you like. On average, you should get between 1-2 weeks of wear between washes. Climate and frequency of wear can factor in to that equation.
There will undoubtedly be a bit of a learning curve with caring for your wig. You will get frustrated, but don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’re heading out, just allow a few extra minutes to get ready.